Westmill Solar allocates just over £50,000 through the community benefit fund. 

Earlier this year we opened our 4th round of community benefit funding. A record number of applications were sent in. Thank you to everyone who helped us promote the scheme.

14 of those applications were successful and we have distributed just over £50,000 to projects across Oxfordshire and Wiltshire within a 25-mile radius of the solar site.

This year we saw an increase in applications from community buildings which have previously undertaken an Energy Audit through the community building project we’ve been funding in partnership with Low Carbon Hub and EiE Oxford Brooks. It’s great to see that some of the suggestions from that project are now being implemented.

The projects funded this year include:  

  • The installation of energy efficiency measures such as insulation, secondary glazing, and new windows and doors in 5 different community buildings,
  • The installation of solar PV panels on 2 community buildings,
  • Contributions towards 4 community outreach and advice services,
  • The relighting of a community building with LED lighting.

The Funded Projects:

£5,000 to Little Pippins Pre-School to install solar PV panels on the roof of the pre-school building.

£625.56 to Highworth Community Larder to buy equipment for the volunteer collectors to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food collections.

£5,000 to Viscountess Barrington’s Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground Trust to carry out energy efficiency measures following a carbon and energy assessment.

£1,150 to Brinkworth Village Hall to install loft insulation for the village hall.

£5,000 to Sustainable Wantage to help fund the venue costs of the Community Larder.

£4,442 to Oxford Printmakers to install secondary glazing and destratification fans.

£3,700 to North East Abingdon Community Association to install loft insulation for the community hall and bar.

£5,000 to Flo’s – the Place in the Park to upgrade the LED lighting system.

£5,000 to Parochial Church Council of North Moreton to contribute towards the replacement of windows and doors in the village hall.

£1,000 to Cutteslowe Greenhouse to contribute towards the installation of greenhouses in Cutteslowe Park.

£4,943 to Agnes Smith Advice Centre (Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Support Scheme) to contribute towards the fuel poverty advice service.

£4,610 to Freelancers CIC to install solar panels to power the outdoor learning facility at Hogacre Common Eco Park.

£5,000 to Vale Community Impact to contribute towards energy advice service and emergency support for residents in the Vale of White Horse area.

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